According to the 2017 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine, a garage door replacement is ranked #1 in upscale and #5 in midrange projects retaining value at home sale. Meaning, homeowners can expect to recoup up to 91.5% of their investment.
The roles of garage doors have drastically changed over time. They now have significant stylistic capabilities especially given that they occupy up to 30 percent of your home’s facade. This is why they’ve become an important design consideration when boosting curb appeal. Beyond the purposes of security and aesthetics, garage doors can also improve the energy efficiency of a home. If you are considering taking on a garage door project this year, let our team at Sunwest help!
From rustic wood to modern aluminum, there are dozens of styles to choose from. In our blog today, we’ll be sharing seven garage door features that boost your curb appeal.
First and foremost, a garage door should complement your home’s architectural style. Popular styles range from craftsman, traditional, ranch, modern, to European. We recommend starting with the year your home was built. From there, take a look at its style origin and determine the elements you wish to implement or change.
REALTOR® Magazine has a fantastic architecture guide if you need some help. Your new garage door should seamlessly blend into your home’s exterior details.
Garage Door Insulation
Next up is your garage’s insulation. Many people think of temperature when this is mentioned, but it’s more about the durability of your garage door. Manufacturers use specific techniques and methods for creating garage doors. These include single-layer, double layer, and premium construction.
Now that we’ve assessed your architectural style and insulation needs, it’s time to turn your attention to design (the fun part). Your garage really sets the tone of your home. You can create visual interest using window panes, patterns, and cross beams to steer from the “boxy” look of a traditional garage.
Here are some popular designs to check out:
- Style-Traditional Doors
- Carriage Doors
- Raised-Panel Doors
- Contemporary Doors
Garage Door Materials
Appearance is important, but elements “under the hood” can make just as much impact. If you’re in favor of a contemporary aesthetic, you’ll find that aluminum and glass materials fit. You’ll have the choice of frame finishes and glass types to create a look all your own. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a little more craftsman, you may opt for wood or wood composite.
If you’re looking for something a little more durable, a steel door is your best bet. Steel garage doors can be purchased with different colors and finishes to match your home.
And lastly, if you live close to the beach, you may consider fiberglass or vinyl. Fiberglass is known for its resistance to moisture and insects. It can also mimic the grain patterns of real wood. Vinyl is lightweight and impervious to rot caused by moisture.
You don’t have to match the garage color to your front door. In fact, many designers recommend not matching them. The goal is neutralizing the garage door, making the entrance to your home the focal point. You can do this in one of two ways:
If your garage is surrounded by gray or beige stone, you can contrast the texture with a lighter tone of the same color.
Or, you can use a contrasting paint color that brings out the details or shutters or window frames (like a deep chestnut or sleek black).
There are built-in details that make your garage door stand out, but you have the option of adding decorative elements to really make a statement. Patterned hinges, iron arrows, and trim are just a few ways you can add details to an otherwise flat surface.
It doesn’t stop there, though. You can add potted plants and greenery to frame your garage, drawing the eye upward!
Exterior lighting is another great way to boost your curb appeal. Look for fixtures that complement the tone and style of your home, bringing the whole look together. Some popular options to consider include driveway lights, uplighting, downlighting, and wall sconces.
Ready to Start Shopping for a New Garage Door?
With designers and garage door specialists on staff, we have everything prepped and ready to make your shopping experience a breeze. Give us a call at (714) 528-5670 and we’ll provide a free in-home estimate to cover your project needs!